As a license holder who is retired from public education, you ARE responsible for professional development for each semester that you were employed in the public schools during your current cycle.
Individuals must wait until April 1st of the renewal year to renew the license. Retired educators collecting benefits from a State retirement system should list themselves as such in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). If you have professional development (PD) requirements for the years of the current cycle during which you taught prior to retirement, these requirements must be met in order to renew the license. Once retired, there are no more registration fees or PD requirements as long as the license is in retired status and the individual does not return to work for 50% or more of a school year. Licenses in retired status for the entire 5-year cycle cannot lapse.
How to Update Professional Development/ Employment Status
40 ILCS 5/16-118- Outlines timelines and number of days that retirees can work in a school year and still receive retirement annuities:
***Please contact Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois with any questions regarding retirement benefits.***
TRS Website: www.trsil.org
Phone number: (877) 927-5877
Staff Email: "@trsil.org" (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org)